2017 Harrington Counseling Lectures
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Culture, Christendom, and Christ
Featuring: Diane Langberg, noted psychologist, author, and speaker
General Admission: $15
Current Students/Spouses: Free
More information/register online: ccc2017.eventbrite.com
We live in complex times. The culture is changing in significant ways. Within Christendom our teachings, rituals, and beliefs distinguish us from the general culture and often even from one another. All of these forces have tremendous influence on our lives. In the midst of it all stands the Lord of heaven and earth who has called us out of the shaping influences of culture and history even while he has left us here in their midst. Join us for this lecture series, in which noted psychologist and author Diane Langberg will consider those temporal things which subtly mold us in the light of the written word and the Word made flesh with the hope of seeing him who is invisible more clearly so that his likeness in us is witnessed by the watching world.
Lecture Series Outline
- Lecture 1 – Culture and the Power of Words: It is relatively easy for us as Christians to list things that we think are wrong with our culture and what we long for in its place. But can we also list ways in which we are seduced by the very same culture we are quick to criticize? In this first session we will look at the surrounding culture and consider ways in which it might be shaping our use of words, our categories and our arguments and thereby seducing us from what we believe is truth.
- Lecture 2 – Christendom and the Seduction of Systems: It is easy to be deceived when we assume we are with those of like minds. The culture of Christendom and the massive system it has become can subtly and quickly blind us to wrongdoing in our efforts to preserve the system. We can incorrectly equate our human systems with Christ. In this second session we will consider the concept of systems, the culture of Christendom and our uses of power, and how our hearts are lured away from from our First Love.
- Lecture 3 – Christ and the Power of Person: Our lives are meant to be a true expression of the Word made flesh. When we confuse Christendom and Christ we pursue and protect many things but Christlikeness is generally not the “one thing.” In this session we will fix our eyes on the Person of the Word, both the written Word and the incarnate Word, considering what it means for Christ to truly have preeminence.
- Lecture 4 – Therefore: Our Response to the World: We have considered systems, both secular and Christian, which can easily and even unknowingly draw us away from the Person of our Lord and Christ. We have also considered how these systems can turn our hearts and minds from focusing on the call to love and obedience to Christ at all costs. We will finish this series with the question raised by Francis Schaeffer many years ago: “How shall we then live?”
About Diane Langberg
Dr. Langberg is a psychologist whose clinical expertise includes over 40 years of working with trauma survivors and clergy. She speaks internationally on topics related to trauma, ministry and the Christian life. She is the director of Diane Langberg, PhD & Associates, a group practice in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, staffed by Christian psychologists, social workers and counselors. The staff has expertise in many areas, including sexual and domestic abuse, addictions, depression and eating disorders. They work with adults, children and adolescents, and couples.
Dr. Langberg is clinical faculty of Biblical Theological Seminary and core faculty with the seminary’s Global Trauma Recovery Institute. She is the co-founder of The Place of Refuge, an inner city, non-profit trauma and training center. She is the author of Counsel for Pastors’ Wives, Counseling Survivors of Sexual Abuse, On the Threshold of Hope: Opening the Door to Healing for Survivors of Sexual Abuse and a companion Workbook, In Our Lives First: Meditations for Counselors, and Suffering and The Heart of God. She is a columnist for Christian Counseling Today and contributes to many other publications.
Dr. Langberg is chair of the Executive Board of the American Association of Christian Counselors, serves on the board of GRACE (Godly Response to Abuse in a Christian Environment) and Co-Chair of the Trauma Advisory Council for the American Bible Society. She is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumna for Professional Achievement from Taylor University, the American Association of Christian Counselor’s Caregiver Award, and the Philadelphia Council of Clergy’s Christian Service Award. Dr. Langberg is married and has two sons and three grandchildren.